We have decided to go ahead with our kitchen renovation! I know I blogged about perhaps waiting to see what the new Ikea kitchen line will be next winter, but we found a cabinet solution that jives perfectly with our DIY mentality. I am designing my own cabinets and having them made by a CNC manufacturer. What this means is that I get a custom kitchen (plywood cabinets, dove tail drawers, Blum hardware and doors of my own design) for about the cost of Ikea. Crazy, good deal! So what we're basically doing is skipping the custom kitchen company and going directly to the person who makes the cabinets for the kitchen companies. The only drawback is that I have to design everything myself (i.e., cabinet box sizes, drawer placement, fillers, kick plates, crown, etc.). It has been very time consuming to do this and this explains my spotty blogging over the past little while. Every evening I've been pouring over kitchen plans and options. I'm hoping it will be worth it in the end!
The other major factor in deciding to go ahead with the kitchen now is that we have to build our deck this spring and the new walkout from the kitchen impacts the placement of the deck. We really can't live with a mud pit in the backyard with Nalle, our dog and the boys. So the kitchen reno is on and today I'm going to show you what we have done so far.
First, let's look at the initial reno idea I had a couple of months ago:
New Kitchen Plan
It really hasn't changed that much other than I decided not to go with an opening to the living room. I decided that I really like having the kitchen in a separate area.
When we started to demo our kitchen a couple of weeks ago, we knew that our cabinets would still take several weeks before they would be ready and that our window would take a couple of months. This meant that we had to plan the demo so that we could still use our kitchen while we wait for the new cabinets to be made. We decided to relocate our old kitchen cabinets and counters into the new kitchen layout. Everything went so well that we didn't lose our plumbing or gas for even a day! Here are a few pictures of our kitchen before the demo.
Here is what we have done so far. The cabinets that were under the window are now in the place where the new island will be. The placement of the stove and fridge also changed.
We had to open up one side of the opening to the dining room so that we would have enough clearance to get by the island to the walkout (which will be where the window is now) and to have enough space to walk through to our basement staircase. Co-pilot is checking out the hole in the flooring where the wall use to be. We will have to get the flooring patched here, but I would love to refinish all the floors in the house to something lighter and less orangey. If we refinish the floors, the flooring boards across the opening could be feathered in making the transition seamless.
The window is where the new walkout will be. We're planning to make the opening slightly wider as well. I think it will be so nice to see the patio right through the walkout and it will really extend the living space.
Just another view of the opening and our messy dining room. :)
So that's where we are at with our kitchen reno. Our kitchen is functioning, but definitely not pretty. I'll be back with another post or two with the details on the kitchen design. I have a few finishing ideas still swimming in my head that I'd love to share with you as well. I can give you a hint of where I'm going…It'll have white, black and wood and be pretty minimal/simple in design. Although, that's probably what most of you would expect from me anyway. :)
The new hall is being put to good use already:
Thanks to everyone who have been so patient with me while I have flip-flopped back and forth with this reno. I really appreciate that you're following along!